Watch Erik Karlsson pick corner, finally score first goal with Sharks

Watch Erik Karlsson pick corner, finally score first goal with Sharks

SAN JOSE — Well, it finally happened.

Erik Karlsson, the Sharks' big preseason acquisition, scored his first goal in a teal sweater Saturday night against the St. Louis Blues. 

The Sharks were on the second of back-to-back power play attempts just a few minutes into the second period at SAP Center. Karlsson stood in the high slot when Blues goaltender Chad Johnson kicked a rebound onto his stick. His subsequent one-timer gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead.

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Karlsson extended his point streak to three games with the goal, and he added another point later in the period. Karlsson set up Evander Kane for San Jose’s third goal on the evening.

Saturday marked Karlsson's second consecutive game with (at least) two points, after the defenseman picked up two assists in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Sharks vs. Blues watch guide: Projected lines and defensive pairs


Sharks vs. Blues watch guide: Projected lines and defensive pairs

SAN JOSE -- When the Sharks last saw the Blues, they were shut out 4-0 on the tail end of a back-to-back road game. They’ll try to avenge that loss Saturday night when the Blues visit SAP Center for the fourth contest in the Sharks' six-game homestand.

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer told NBC Sports California there was an advantage to having played St. Louis just a little over a week before.

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“Especially with how they beat us,” he said. “They really beat us at our own game. They out-supported us on breakouts. They got inside us on our forecheck. All the things we try and do to other teams, I thought they did to us. “

This time around, it’s the Blues who are playing the tail end of a road back-to-back. St. Louis defeated the Golden Knights 4-1 in Vegas on Friday night after previously losing two consecutive games against the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks, respectively.

Saturday marks the second meeting between the Sharks and Blues in their three-game season series. San Jose is 40-50-2-7 against St. Louis all time.

Sharks projected lines and pairs

Joe Pavelski – Logan Couture – Timo Meier
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Kevin Labanc
Evander Kane – Antti Suomela – Joonas Donskoi
Barclay Goodrow – Dylan Gambrell – Melker Karlsson

Joakim Ryan – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – Erik Karlsson

Aaron Dell – projected starter
Martin Jones

Blues projected lines and pairs

Jaden Schwartz – Ryan O’Reilly – Vladimir Tarasenko
Robby Fabbri – Tyler Bozak – Brayden Schenn
Zachary Sanford – Robert Thomas – David Perron
Ivan Barbashev – Oskar Sundqvist – Samuel Blais

Carl Gunnarsson – Alex Pietrangelo
Vince Dunn – Colton Parayko
Joel Edmundson – Jay Bouwmeester

Chad Johnson – projected starter
Jake Allen

Dylan Gambrell recalled by Sharks after working on lengthy to-do list


Dylan Gambrell recalled by Sharks after working on lengthy to-do list

SAN JOSE -- After a successful stint with the Barracuda, Dylan Gambrell is getting another shot with the big club.

The Sharks announced Saturday that they have recalled the 22-year-old rookie from the AHL, where he has registered six points (three goals, three assists) in seven games. 

“He’s done a good job at the American League level. The reports have been good,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said after Saturday’s morning skate.

Gambrell said he was given a list of things to work on after he was reassigned back on Oct. 30. At the top of that list? Making his game more physical.

“Being a little bit grittier on the corners, winning one-on-one battles, being a little bit harder to play against,” the speedy forward listed off. “Just trying to execute that a little better.”

“I think he’s an honest 200-foot player,” DeBoer assessed. “He just has to realize up here that, to use that speed, you have to attack holes and draw penalties.”

When NBC Sports California caught up with Gambrell at the beginning of the season, he was eager to be penciled into the NHL lineup, whether DeBoer started him at center or on the wing. A month later, he’s still up for the challenge.

“It’s more just a mindset thing,” Gambrell explained. “Either way, it’s a battle you have to win.”

For Saturday night’s game against the St. Louis Blues, Gambrell is expected to be slotted as the Sharks’ fourth-line center.

“I like the fact he’s a centerman,” DeBoer said. "We’re still looking for guys to grab roles there."

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With Gambrell being called up to the NHL level, the Sharks also reassigned Rourke Chartier to the Barracuda. DeBoer explained the move was to give the rookie center, who has one goal in 13 games, a chance to boost his confidence.

“Our whole group hasn’t been great lately,” the coach said. “When you’re a young guy and you’re in that situation, sometimes it’s better to get into an environment where, instead of it snowballing on you, you can nip it in the bud and get back to playing some big minutes and get your confidence back.”